Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of attaining or the condition of being attained.
  • n. Something, such as an accomplishment or achievement, that is attained.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; the act of obtaining by exertion or effort.
  • n. That which is attained, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; acquirement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; hence, the act of obtaining by efforts.
  • n. That which is attained to, or obtained by exertion; acquirement; acquisition; (pl.), mental acquirements; knowledge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; the act of obtaining by exertion or effort.
  • n. That which is attained, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; acquirement.
  • n. Synonyms Acquirements, Acquisitions, etc. See acquirement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ability that has been acquired by training
  • n. arrival at a new stage
  • n. the act of achieving an aim

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Examples

  • In a special essay on Hispanics, the report notes that Hispanic immigrant adults 'degree attainment is 14 percent, compared with U. S.-born Hispanics at 25 percent.

    College Diversity: Colleges More Diverse, But Racial Gaps Persist

  • How a child is raised between 1-16 (education, parental support, etc …) plays a much bigger role in attainment and income than anything between 16-39. jmo says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Life, According to Patti Stanger

  • You put those things together, and it seems like what the statute wants the EPA to do is set a NAAQS for GHGs near zero, require all areas to be in attainment for that level of emissions, which would then require a finding that all areas are out of attainment, which would require a suspension of any EPA permit that would increase emissions, and SIPs for states to achieve impossible levels.

    Matthew Yglesias » Regulate!

  • The end of all scholarly attainment is to live nobly.

    I, Pirate, Part IV …

  • While skill attainment is a valid goal, still anything that cannot go on forever will stop.

    Matthew Yglesias » Skill Stagnation

  • How do we “boost educational attainment at the bottom” when educational attainment is “depressingly” easy to predict by age 5?

    July « 2008 « Isegoria

  • Once the certain level of attainment is reached the pupil can then decide to go on to vocational or academic training or go out to work.

    One Nation of Opportunity

  • To attempt to shorten the road between desire and attainment is nine times out of ten to go astray, and to miss the wished-for object altogether.

    Speech by George Canning

  • The thought contained in the word attainment is that of something earnestly striven for, struggled after, persistently pursued with much labor and toil and effort, until, at last, the coveted prize is attained.

    The Theology of Holiness

  • But we have set our hand to that task of organizing peace already in subscribing to the Covenant of the League, and although its attainment is difficult, it is not impossible.

    Arthur Henderson - Nobel Lecture

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